Exmouth firefighters flex their muscles in aid of Breast Cancer Research

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

P2487-29-08SH  Exmouth's White Watch have organised a charity fire engine pull due to be held on July 27 along Exmouth seafront. Pictured are (l-r) Giles White, Steve Causley, Steve Hunt, Rod Tilke, Andy Bland & Nigel Snowshall.

P2487-29-08SH Exmouth's White Watch have organised a charity fire engine pull due to be held on July 27 along Exmouth seafront. Pictured are (l-r) Giles White, Steve Causley, Steve Hunt, Rod Tilke, Andy Bland & Nigel Snowshall.

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Saturday, July 26 - LADIES, Sunday July 27 is your lucky day because a bevy of hunky firefighters will be flexing their muscles on Exmouth seafront to raise funds for breast cancer research.

LADIES, Sunday July 27 is your lucky day because a bevy of hunky firefighters will be flexing their muscles on Exmouth seafront to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Exmouth white watch will pull a fire engine from the docks to Orcombe Point and back in memory of Vivienne Dimond - the late wife of recently-retired Exmouth firefighter Terry - who died from breast cancer in 2007.

White watch has organised the charity fire engine pull in support of their former colleague Terry, who since his wife's death has embarked on a year-long charity fundraising challenge.

The crew will be looking for lots of support from Exmouth to help spur them along when the going gets tough - and they hope plenty of people will turn out to watch, cheer them along and donate to the Cancer Research UK breast cancer pot.

The fire crew will be easy to spot because, for one day only, they are ditching their traditional black boots and yellow helmets in favour of pink attire.

The firefighters are praying for fine weather and say the pull will be postponed until August 3 if it is too wet on July 27.

The crew will begin their mammoth pull at 2pm from Exmouth docks and hope to reach Orcombe Point and make the return journey by 4pm.

Exmouth white watch manager Nigel Snowshall said the crew had been spurred on to organise the fire engine pull by Terry Dimond's dedication to raise funds as a tribute to his late wife.

"We are doing this in support of Terry," said Mr Snowshall. "The whole watch supported Terry through some difficult times. It was difficult because we felt so helpless. We didn't know what we could do. We wanted to do more but it seemed so insignificant when his wife was terminally ill.

"Terry is doing a sponsored walk of the Inca Trial with a friend whose wife also died of breast cancer. Both wives had signed up to do it, and when they died so the husbands took their places.

"They are self-funding the trip so 100 per cent of the money they raise will go to cancer research.

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